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Murray Studentship in European Art or Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Outstanding candidates for part-time postgraduate research in the field of European Art or Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance are invited to apply for The Murray Research Studentship.

This PhD studentship, based in the Department of History of Art in the School of Arts at Birkbeck and supported by the Murray Bequest, covers part-time home fees and offers a bursary of £5,000 per annum for a period of five years.

Please note: this studentship is not available to full-time/overseas students.

About the Murray Bequest

Peter Murray was Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck from 1967 to 1980. On his death in 1992, his widow, Linda Murray, established a bequest which supports a range of activities in the Department of History of Art.

Advice for applicants

Studentship overview

  • Qualification type: MPhil/PhD
  • Length: Up to a maximum of seven years part-time study (funding for up to a maximum of five years)
  • Location: London
  • Funding: For Home applicants and current Home fee paying part-time students in year 1 or 2
  • Murray fee waiver: Home part-time fee waiver (for 2021/22 this is £2,388) and bursary of £5,000 for five years. Please note: the award for current students will be reduced by number of years already studied.
  • Hours: Part time only



  • Applications are welcomed from:
    • part-time Home applicants to the History of Art MPhil/PhD programme 
    • part-time History of Arts students currently in the first or second year of study.

How to apply - applicants

  • Programme applicants
    • All applications are made via the Birkbeck application portal to the MPhil/PhD History of Art programme.
    • The application will prompt you to confirm details of any scholarships or grants (for your proposed study at Birkbeck). Please ensure you respond with: MURRAY 2021. If this section is not clearly marked, your application may not be picked up for assessment.
  • Supporting documents
    • A research proposal up to 2,000 words. 
    • Transcripts of relevant studies and, where appropriate, a letter from your course coordinator predicting the expected degree result (for those who still have to complete their current Master's-level programme).
    • A sample of writing such as your MA dissertation, or similar.
  • References
    • Referees will be automatically prompted to upload their references when you submit your application.
    • We strongly encourage you to contact referees as early as possible to ensure they are prepared to upload their reference by the referee deadline (see below).

How to apply - current students

  • Please , Anthony Shepherd with the following documents:
    • an updated copy of your research proposal
    • a 500-word summary of work undertaken to date
    • the name of your supervisor (who will be contacted to provide a supporting statement instead of references).

Closing date for applications

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 31 May 2021, 5pm
  • Deadline for references/supporting statement: Friday 4 June 2021, 5pm
  • Interview date: w/c 14 June 2021
  • Only complete and timely applications received, with both references/supporting statement, can be considered. 

Further information